• Sanmina Reports Fiscal Q3 Revenue Up 7.4%

    SAN JOSE – Sanmina reported fiscal third-quarter revenue ended June 28 of $1.6 billion, up 7.4% year-over-year, and up 8.1% sequentially. 

  • Sanmina Touts 40GHz Backplane Speeds

    SAN JOSE -- Sanmina today announced significant advances in high performance backplane technology.

  • Schweizer's Sales Up 8% in H1, Exiting PV Mfg.

    SCHRAMBERG, GERMANY – Schweizer Electronic reported first-half sales rose 8.3% year-over-year to 59.9 million euros ($65.7 million) on rising demand for higher tech products.

  • Seasonality Slows TTM's Q2 Sales

    COSTA MESA, CA -- TTM Technologies swung to a second-quarter loss on a 12% drop in sales. 

  • Semblant Unveils CircuitShield PCB Coating

    CircuitShield anti-corrosion and waterproofing coating contains a novel chemical plasma coating that replaces traditional encapsulants and coatings.

  • Shortening the Supply Chain

    Greg Papandrew

    When it comes to buying boards, is it more efficient to go direct or through a broker?

  • Slow Start for the Printed Circuit Industry in 2014

    The first quarter of 2014 is now in the history books, and industry sales for the first month were sent to me recently. Listed below is a summary of these data compared to last year.

  • Sunstone Circuits Releases PCB123 v. 5.1.0

    PCB123 v. 5.1.0 free PCB design tool includes new edit panels with several user preference options, drag-and-drop functionality for parts, and smoother rendering performance. Includes a change in uniformity between control panels for layout and schematic views. Parts from libraries can be added from the layout using a new tab in the edit panel. Zooming and panning designs with polygons is reportedly more responsive. Can pan and zoom in layout by holding down right mouse button and moving mouse or scrolling mouse wheel. Display Tab for layout view has been reworked. Edit controls have been configured. Panes are resizable horizontally and vertically. Tooltips on controls teach user what is useful about the feature. In Layer Display pane, a scrollbar has been added for designing many layers. Color visibility selection on Layout Appearance pane is identical to Layer Display.

    Sunstone Circuits, http://www.sunstone.com/PCB123.aspx

  • Sunstone Discounts Longer Lead Time Orders

    MULINO, OR – Sunstone Circuits today announced discounts on printed circuit boards orders of five and 10 business day lead times.

  • Taiwan – The Barometer for Consumer Electronics

    The Tankan Survey is a popular economic survey of Japanese businesses issued by the central bank of Japan. 

  • Taiwanese PCB Supply Chain Teams on Smart Mfg Initiative

    TAIPEI -- A consortium of Taiwanese electronics manufacturing companies is teaming with the government to develop strategic plan for smart manufacturing.

  • Tapco Receives $7.8M Line of Credit

    ANAHEIM, CA – Tapco Associates received a $7.8 million revolving line of credit from First Capital.

  • The Natural Progression toward Vendor Integration in EDA

    Today I’m talking about the gradual convergence of EDA single tools to integrated systems. In the early days of HiFi home entertainment systems, specialist vendors provided separate record (vinyl!) decks, amplifiers and speakers, then left it to the ingenuity of the customer to build their own system – they still do for the serious audiophiles.

  • Tide Finally Turning for US PCB Fabs, IPC Says

    BANNOCKBURN, IL — After four years of declines, the North American printed circuit board market might be in for a turnaround in 2015.

  • Total Sells Atotech to Private Equity Firm

    COURBEVOIE, FRANCE – Total energy firm has agreed to sell its Atotech plating chemicals business for $3.2 billion to a private equity firm, according to published reports.

  • TTM Q1 Net Sales Up Nearly 13%

    COSTA MESA, CA – TTM Technologies reported first quarter net sales of $329.2 million, up 12.8% year-over-year and down 15.8% sequentially.

  • TTM Says Q1 Revenue to Be at High End of Guidance

    COSTA MESA, CA -- TTM Technologies today said it expects first quarter revenue to be near the high end of previous guidance.

  • Viking Test Expands in UK, India

    BOIRDON, HANTS, ENGLAND -- Viking Test has moved its headquarters to a new 15,000 sq. ft. facility here.

  • Westdev Releases Pulsonix 8.5 CAD

    Pulsonix 8.5 schematic capture and PCB layout tool features new  Panel Editor enabling multi-board designs to be panelized for plotting, plus the addition of test coupons, fiducial markers, documentation and fabrication details. Offers IPC-2581 netlist export and Gerber X2 manufacturing outputs. Imports library formats from PCB Libraries, Accelerated Designs and SnapEDA.  Library manager enhanced to allow drag-and-drop methodology from native ASCII files directly into the library. Adds cyclic design backups and security saves, cross probing of Star (Delta) Points, individual width and offsetting of cross hatching, additional DRC checks, import PCB component placement CSV format and multiple group selection for design reuse in Apply Layout pattern as well as multiple positional rearrangement optio

    Westdev Ltd., www.pulsonix.com

  • What Goes in the PCB RFQ Checklist?

    Want a quick response to the PCB assembly RFQ? Submit the full package of details.

    Design projects that are actually completed with time to spare are few.  We do what we can, but breaking new ground invariably uncovers a few snakes in the brush, and dealing with them takes time. That means that the next step – production ramp – starts behind schedule. At that point you need to get assembly quotes back ASAP so a choice can be made and the trigger pulled to get product flowing.